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Spatial Polarization of the Ecological Footprint distribution

  • Jordi Teixidó-Figueras


    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament d'Economia, CREIP, XREAPUniversity of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)

  • Juan Antonio Duro


    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament d'Economia, CREIP, XREAP)

The international allocation of natural resources is determined, not by any ethical or ecological criteria, but by the dominance of market mechanisms. From a core-periphery perspective, this allocation may even be driven by historically determined structural patterns, with a core group of countries whose consumption appropriates most available natural resources, and another group, having low natural resource consumption, which plays a peripheral role. This article consists of an empirical distributional analysis of natural resource consumption (as measured by Ecological Footprints) whose purpose is to assess the extent to which the distribution of consumption responds to polarization (as opposed to mere inequality). To assess this, we estimate and decompose different polarization indices for a balanced sample of 119 countries over the period 1961 to 2007. Our results points toward a polarized distribution which is consistent with a core-periphery framework.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2014
Date of revision: Feb 2014
Handle: RePEc:xrp:wpaper:xreap2014-02
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